In-View: Using Auto-Triggers to Enhance Officer Activation During Calls For Service

Over the last five years, police implementation of body-worn cameras (BWCs) has steadily become routine practice. With the number of high-profile police incidents occurring throughout the country, the public has begun to expect digital evidence to be captured and disseminated to the community in a timely manner. The growing demand from the public has placed increased pressure on police agencies to ensure that officers’ BWCs are activated during calls for service. To assist officers in this process, police agencies have increasingly begun to implement automatic-activation triggers (also called auto-triggers) to make sure that BWCs are activated during public encounters. In this in-view, we provide examples of how law enforcement agencies have used auto-triggers to offset any human error and increase the likelihood that an event is captured. We further explore some of the benefits and challenges associated with implementing this technology.

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